Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

An Afternoon SFPD “Sting” Operation to Enforce the Mandatory Right Turn on Market Inbound at 6th – Two Vignettes

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

I’m sure you all know all about the No Left Turn and the rarer No Right Turn, but this here is about the No Straight at 6th Street on Market Street inbound.

Now of course this enforcement action wasn’t an actual sting operation as:

  1. It wasn’t bike riders getting ticketed, and
  2. There was no subterfuge.

Take a look – if you can’t see dude standing in the street with the sun at your back, well, you’ve got issues, Gentle Reader:

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Of course, the fishing’d be easier in the AM but this was in the afternoon. Here comes Victim #1, blithely motoring straight through, as people have done for more than a century:

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Cop springs into the slow lane…

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…and then informs the driver of the new-ish rule. But get this – popo let him off with just a warning. FIN.

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That’s story #1.

Story #2 is shorter. Through the intersection…

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…and then after a 30-second chat…

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…out comes the ticket book. That’s (at least) $238 for starters, but the real-life cost could get up to something like $1000-something what with the court fees and possible increase insurance costs and whatnot.

Anyway, FIN for Story #2.

I’m surprised the cops are still just warning people in 2017, JMO.

ENDOFLINE

SFMTA “Sting” Operation Snares Deadbeats, Even on Saturdays – Northbound #43 Masonic at Fulton

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Normally it’s totally cool to not pay your MUNI fare, but not today on the #43 Masonic:

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Oh, but wait, this isn’t at all a sting operation, ’cause that kind of thing involves some sort of subterfuge, right?

So when you move here from New Yawk and then start talking about:

“…a sting operation in the wiggle…”

or wherever, where the cops just park their cars or motorcycles and just stand there five feet past a stop sign, well I just gotta say no, that’s not what a sting operation is. Sry.

(What’s that, you didn’t see the cops? Well, you should be looking around more – pay attention, fool!)

Anyway, most people stopped on this day, but not all, oh well:

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ENDOFLINE

This “Substandard” Pedestrian Bridge on Geary has a Bright Future in 2017, Despite All Its Haters at the SFCTA / SFMTA

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

One doc the SFCTA had dissed this bridge 23 times, ’cause the SFCTA thinks it will interfere with the Geary BRT project. And this marketing doc here gets into it a bit.

Well it turns out that this bridge will stick around. Look, about a dozen and a half souls were using it last I saw it:

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Anyway, this bridge will slow down the BRT yet they’re still talking about how the “average” #38 round-trip rider will save a half an hour a day. This seems impossible to me. If they said a few #38 riders might save a half hour on some days, well, that’d be more honest, but you can’t expect too much from the SFCTA / SFMTA…

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Sad Porsche 911 Cabrio Gets Cited for Three Different Things in Four Days – It Seems Our SFMTA is Satisfied to Ticket You Just ONCE per Day

Monday, February 6th, 2017

I’ve always wondered what’s holding a PCO back from citing a car for something and then coming back and citing it for the same thing an hour later. I still don’t know the answer.

Anyway, this car got ticketed four times over four days (exactly once per day) last week and for three different kinds of infractions. (Not curbing the front wheels you say? Nope, not that. Excessive/improper time in a yellow zone you say? No, not that either. It was for other stuff, the usual things I s’pose.)

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Could it be that ppl are satisfied with handing out just one citation per day? Sure seems that way, ’cause if it wanted to, the SFMTA could have cited this ride a bunch more than just four times last week…

Party of Four, #5 Fulton – It’s Tough Carrying Stuff Around on MUNI

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

I was wondering why nobody was sitting here, and then I saw.

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Back in the day collecting aluminum cans was mostly about stomping on them, you know, to save space. Sadly, we’ve lost that habit…

We Have Bollards All Over the Place to Protect Not-So-Precious Things, But Installing Them in at Chinatown Bus Stops is Controversial?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

So the reaction from SFGov is “Meh. So what’s in it for me?”

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I know this isn’t a sexy issue for our local appointed/elected pols, but why are they against this idea?

Here’s the Real Reason our SFMTA Wants More “Convenient” Payment Options for Parking Meters – Charging up to Four Pounds of Nickels per Hour

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Look at the amount of work it takes to empty out parking meters:

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Here’s the long version. Back in the day, back in the 1990’s you could use pennies to feed parking meters in nearby San Rafael. Even back then, that was a little ridiculous oh well. At that time in Frisco, meters accepted nickels and dimes along with quarters, but then SFGov decided it didn’t pay to deal with nickels and dimes so we went QUARTERS ONLY. Well, that didn’t sit well with some, so after a little while, meters once again accepted nickels and dimes and that’s where we are today. Anywho, the big push these days is with using cards for payment. That way, the SFMTA doesn’t have to deal with collecting coins all the live-long day. Also, card payments makes things easier for the SFMTA to raise prices far in excess of inflation – a thing it loves to do of course.

Speaking of which, $18 per hour, which is the highest rate I can think of, maybe it’s higher these days, in parking meter fees = 72 quarters, which takes up a lot of space. And if you paid with nickels, then we’re taking about four pounds of metal per hour. But even at such high rates, it doesn’t really pay to hire more SFGov employees (average Total Cost Of Employment = six figures, and that doesn’t include all of the egregiously underfunded retirement/lifetime medical care costs), so these cheaper (minimum wage? Who knows) non-SFGov workers from SERCO will have to do…

Surprise: Frisco’s ZERO EMISSION Buses are Zero LOCAL Emission Buses

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Just saying:

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But I guess the SFMTA hungers for a slightly higher approval rating, hence this effort.

If you want to get into the Hetch Hetchy system, ask yourself if it is zero emission.

(It’s not.)

Six Six Six, the Number of the Beast

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

I see this bus all over, sometimes multiple times a day.

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Gives me an earworm it does.

Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Yes, that black Lincoln SUV thing is a stretched limo. It stopped in the new bike lane, as you can see.

Some in town would want the driver to double park far to the left in the slow lane so as to not block the now-sacrosanct new bike lane. Now I think that would be illegal, as is of course what the driver has done here:

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So after all that, my question remains Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate? I’m not really seeing any real legal options here. So parking as far to the right as practical seems like the least bad choice…